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  • Municipal dams - info-work

    Information on the work required on the municipal dams of Solar, Caroline, Barron and Dawson lakes

    Work is required to maintain our dams to preserve Solar, Caroline, Barron and Dawson lakes. More specifically, major work is planned on our two high-capacity dams, those of Caroline and Solar lakes. Here is the presentation that was given during the meeting of September 11, 2022:

    Presentation  September 11 2022 - municipal dams 


    Update - August 29 2023

    We put the logs back on the Caroline dam this morning. The lake will  therefore return to its normal level in the coming weeks. Work on the  Lac Barron dam will begin next week and will take approximately 2 days.  The drop in the level of Lake Barron will not exceed 45 cm (about 18  inches) but should be less than 18 inches.

    UPDATE - AUGUST 16 2023

    If the good weather announced from Sunday happens, the team will be able to finish the concrete and epoxy from Monday to Wednesday. Afterwards, our road team will proceed with the reinstallation of the wooden beams and we will begin the work at Lac Barron. Once the Lake Barron beams are removed, this will help fill Lake Caroline.

    UPDATE - JULY 31 2023
    We know you can't wait to get your lake back as you  know it, however, it's the construction holiday and the company that  needs to finish the concrete and epoxy work doesn't have staff available  during the construction holiday. construction to carry out the work  efficiently and safely. As soon as work resumes, we will let you know.

    UPDATE - JULY 21 2023

    Weather permitting, we hope to finish the repair work on the Caroline Dam at the beginning of next week. We will periodically notify you of the progress of the work.

    UPDATE - JULY 12 2023

    Weather permitting, we hope to begin the repair work on the Caroline Dam as soon as possible. In order to be able to repair the concrete of the foothills, there must be 3 consecutive days of good weather. We will periodically notify you of the progress of the work.

    UPDATE - JULY 4 2023

    We continue to gradually remove the logs from the Lake Caroline dam. Weather permitting, we hope to begin work on the Caroline Dam by next week. In order to be able to repair the concrete of the foothills, there must be 3 consecutive days of good weather. We will periodically notify you of the progress of the work.

    UPDATE - JUNE 22, 2023

    Work on the Lac Solar dam is complete! All logs have been restored. We begin today the lowering of the level of Lake Caroline. We would like to thank the residents of Lac Solar and particularly those who live near the dam for their collaboration.

    UPDATE - JUNE 19, 2023

    Repair of the foothills has begun and will continue this week. The installation of the new logs will be done as soon as the concrete is finished. We will keep you informed as soon as the work is completed.

    UPDATE - JUNE 9, 2023

    The weather has not been on our side this week. Despite the bad weather, the Solar Dam logs are all removed and the debris has all been removed from the dam. Sediment barriers had been placed downstream during this operation. Buttress repair cannot be done while it is raining and will be done as soon as the weather permits. This causes delay in the installation of the new logs. We will keep you informed as soon as the work is completed.

    UPDATE - MAY 30, 2023

    All logs will be removed from Solar Dam by the end of the day. Thursday, June 1, the debris (branches, sand, stones) will be removed and the buttress repair work will be carried out next week. Finally, when the concrete of the buttresses will been repaired, new logs will be installed and the work for Solar Lake will be completed. We do not have a specific date for the end of the work, as it depends on the weather and the time required for the repair of the buttresses.

    UPDATE - MAY 23, 2023

    A total of 4 logs have been removed at Solar Lake Dam so far, another will be removed tomorrow. We are continuing to remove the logs progressively, which should take about 10 more days.

    UPDATE - MAY 11, 2023

    During the week of May 15, we will begin the lowering of the level of the Lac Solar dam.

    UPDATE - MARCH 24, 2023

    Reminder: the work will be carried out as quickly as possible when the water levels are considered low (after the spring flood). We are unable to give fixed dates due to the many factors involved (weather, melting snow, etc).

    Late May 2023, OR early or mid-June 2023, depending on the weather, we will begin to gradually drain Solar Lake, as it is the one downstream from the other lakes. The level of Solar Lake will drop approximately 8 to 10 feet.

    The time required to lower the lake level is impossible to define (it depends on the weather conditions), but it should take 2 to 3 weeks. Once the level of the lake has returned to the radii of the concrete spillway, we can begin the concrete work and replacement of the joists.

    The duration of the work is difficult to assess but is estimated at around ten days.

    Once the work on Lake Solar is completed, the same operations will be carried out on Lake Caroline. The gradual drop in the level of Lake Caroline will allow Lake Solar to regain its normal level. The time to empty Caroline Lake will be shorter than Solar Lake, because Solar Lake is larger than Caroline Lake, which will allow water to be stored without downstream impacts. that is to say over the entire watershed up to Lachute. The time to lower the level of Lake Caroline is estimated at about a week.

    We will be doing substantially the same work on the Lac Caroline dam as at Lac Solar and the level of Lac Caroline will also drop by 8 to 10 feet. The time to carry out the work is estimated at ten days.

    When the work at Lake Caroline will be completed, we will begin to gradually empty Lake Barron. The estimated time to drain Lake Barron is unknown considering its large area. The level will drop 2 to 3 feet only, because the dam is low in height. Lake Barron's recharge time will occur naturally with rainfall and tributaries.

    Regarding the docks, citizens are responsible for removing or stabilizing them. Considering that we won't do anything before the beginning of June, it would be preferable that the docks be removed or stabilized in May.

  • Our Team

    Mark Fletcher - Operator

    Julien Després - 10 wheeler driver

    Jason Kerr - Manoeuvre


    The public works team is made up of 4 employees of the Public Service Union.

    These perform the following tasks:

    • Maintenance of approximately 75 km of roads and roads, ditches and shoulders
    • Culvert replacement and maintenance
    • Installation of new culverts on public roads during new construction
    • Blasting to widen paths when required
    • Clearing public roads from fallen trees or other debris during storms
    • Minor repair of asphalt
    • Cleaning and sweeping asphalt roads
    • Maintenance of road signs and streetlights
    • Maintenance of the park and green spaces, the chalet, the ice rink and games for children
    • Some maintenance work on the buildings and infrastructure of the municipality

      This  department has a garage to store and maintain these pieces of equipment  either; a tractor, a dump truck (10 wheels) and a backhoe.